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Feb 27, 2013 7:00pm PST
eastern religions to help us understand the experiential dimension. a very interesting class last time on hinduism - some chanting, we talked to a leader of the hare krishna temple about religious experience, achman and brahman being one, the sense of connectedness, working through many different lives, reincarnation in order to find moksha, to find peace. and in this class, we're going to look at buddhism, which believe me, folks we'll be asking buddhism to help us understand the religious experience. but it's an even more fascinating set of answers to profound life questions. maybe one of the most perplexing for the eastern mind is buddhism, and we're going to be going through that today. but to make that all - important segue between hinduism and buddhism, which of course the segue in history is the buddha himself who makes that connection, one of our top students here, janet, was not here last week because she was in a hindu retreat, and i thought i'd ask janet - i know you were there. i'd like to, first of all, get you to do the chant you learned, and tell us a little bit, then, a
Feb 20, 2013 7:00pm PST
that you've gone through that you'd like to share with us to start out? yeah, sure. >> it just leapt out of a book that i was reading - a spiritual experience. it's called, two against the sahara. >> i'll bet you just happen to have that ready to read. >> i happen to have it ready to read. >> isn't she amazing? well, fire away. i'd like to hear it. >> these two, the husband and wife, who were newlyweds are walking across the sahara desert, and they've gone - well, with camels - and they've gone 3,000 miles. and you can imagine the hardship and the joy and everything that goes along with that. anyway, "we moved on through sunset. a cold breeze chased away the last shreds of heat. the sun sank into a net of translucent clouds, like angry scratches on the sky's belly. in a moment, it appeared to balanced uncertainly on the edge of the dunes. i felt suddenly the tiny planet we were traveling on - an umbilicus bound us to it. it was not separate from us; we were as much manifestations of the earth as the rocks and the sand, the grass and the trees, the insects and the birds, the clouds and th
Feb 13, 2013 7:30pm PST
around us that seems bent on our creating our own demise? our sojourn through the wide, cool halls of the egyptian museum in cairo dramatically reinforces our three interrelated introductory class themes. rites of passage - in this case death - generate boundary questions - "where do i go when i die?" which is a pervasive human preoccupation from our most ancient civilizations up to the present. if nothing else, our mortality is the commonality that binds humanity together, and forces us to formulate religious answers to the sometimes overwhelming demands of our shared existence. faced with death, as are we all, the ancient egyptian pharaohs responded with unparalleled creative energy in their quest for immortality - from the magnificent statuary, elaborate burial masks, to the golden sarcophagus from tutankhamen's tomb, the visitor is struck by the egyptian response to death. of course, for most people, the pyramids of giza are ancient egypt. through the burial tombs for three pharaohs - a father, son, grandson trio who reigned during the 26th century before the common era - an eg
Feb 21, 2013 7:00pm PST
[moaning and chanting] >> well, janet, thank you very much for chanting for us. can i give you a hand? i know you aren't chanting - this is... welcome to another session of beliefs and believers. so could you give us a little background on the chant and what it means and what it is? >> the chant that i just did is a chant of gratitude, a prayer of gratitude to the lord patanjali, who gave to the people the yoga and the grammar and the medicines, so they would be healthy, well spoken, and have wisdom. >> well, thank you so much. as you can tell, what a wonderful way to start our first section on an outside world view that you may not be familiar with. we're of course looking at hinduism today in class, and we're going to be asking hinduism to help us understand experiential dimension. and since this is i think about the first time we've gone into that, let me just make that point once again - we're not going to pretend here- thanks again, janet - in a mere 60 minutes to learn, well, really, very much at all about hinduism, but there's so much hinduism can tell us about the exper
Feb 20, 2013 7:30pm PST
-in, both equally astute. one is brother mark, who used to be, i believe, a dentist or some kind of professional field, and he gave that up in order to go to this monastery, where he lives his life, and a life of meditation and prayer and connection with god. bishop thomas, on the other hand, is a major bishop in the coptic faith in egypt, but listen particularly, because we've had barbara's beautiful sahara - once again, we're getting too many synchronicities in this class. we have this book - from the library, folks; that's why you can't see the front on it - but we have this book about the sahara - we'll, we're going to the sahara; i forgot about that. yeah, we're going back to the sahara, and listen to what life would be like there. and so, if we could, let's go to st. macarius monastery in the deserts outside of cairo. >> the word monk , or monastery, monasticism, from mono - mono means single, one-say but one. here is all the monastic ones - mono, monk, monastic - they lived as hermits alone in the desert. now we live in a community together, so we built a wall all around t
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